Pedestrians and motorists share the responsibility for accident prevention. Filmed on the streets and sidewalks of Oakland, California, and on a tabletop with model cars and dolls representing pedestrians. The film that began the Prelinger Archives collection.
Run time 9:55Producer Progressive PicturesSponsor N/AAudio/Visual Sd, B&W
January 18, 2006
Effective film for pedestrians
A couple of flaws, but basically an excellent film to make pedestrians aware of their safety.
Fashions, styles, and cars of 1948 historically interesting.
September 10, 2005
Best of all worlds
When You Are A Pedestrian is a pretty outworldly exploration into what and who causes auto accidents. I canÂt remember a film that combines so many methods of getting itÂs point across. LetÂs see, Scare film, desktop model, Sid Davis film, Keaton Cops, etc etc. Actually, the best scene of this film happens at the beginning, when a guy is hit by a car, and he goes flying off. Now THATÂS how you begin a movie!
As for the ending, I think IÂve heard a film or two that do end this way.. with the line ÂIÂll be seeing youÂ. While the usage here is ironic, I am not 100% convinced this is what the filmmakers intended.
Fun little film, highly recommended!
Wilford B. Wolf
August 5, 2004
If this was the first film in the Prelinger archive, I can see why. This educational film aimed at an older audience (perhaps as part of a drivers ed course?) is an odd pastiche of styles seen in safety films.
The film starts off with a simulated pedestrian-car accident, and the narrator identifying himself as the victim. This transitions to some rather graphic images of automobile accidents and vicitims (including a disturbing shot of two children corpses laid out on a stretcher).
Then we get a selection of what to do and not when you cross streets and other unsafe situations, including a combination of staged action, what looks like candid footage of people breaking pedestrian rules, and tabletop animation simulations. Underneath it all, the music is bizarrely cheeful.
The film ends with a summation of what happened to driver that opened the film. The signoff of "Well, I'll be seeing you" just caps this rather odd little movie. No wonder this drove Mr. Prelinger to search more of these films.